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Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee

Partner

Practice Area:

Capital Markets
Commercial Litigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Regulatory
Tax

LL.M. (Specialised in Tax Law), King's College London, University of London
LL.B. (Hons), Chulalongkorn University
Barrister-at-Law, Thai Bar Association
Lawyer’s License of the Lawyer Council of Thailand
Notarial Services Attorney License

T +66 2656 1991
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Visitsak is a partner of R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited. Visitsak focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, regulatory compliance, taxation, litigation and general corporate matters.

He is a Visiting Lecturer of Master of Law Program in Bangkok University.

Experience

Prior to joining R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited, Visitsak spent more than ten years with two U.S. based international law firms in Thailand.

Visitsak’s core expertise is in M&A, including capital markets, as well as administrative disputes, particularly where such matters relate to the energy or telecommunications sectors. He also has a strong expertise in direct tax and is often called upon to assist in advising on the tax component of transactions. In addition to advising both foreign and Thai multinational clients on regulatory compliance in their business operations, Visitsak has represented both private clients and Thai governmental authorities in relation to corporatization, privatization, business reorganization and infrastructure projects.

His experience includes:

Administrative & Environmental Cases 
  • Representing a telecommunications company in connection with its administrative lawsuits regarding the concession agreement, interconnection agreement and administrative fine.
  • Representing a Thai wind energy project company in connection with its complaint relating to rejection of a proposal for power purchase.
  • Representing a Thai electricity generating company (700 MW power plant) located in Rayong province in connection with its administrative lawsuit regarding the environmental and health matters.
  • Represented a Thai electricity generating company (600 MW power plant) located in Chachoengsao province in connection with its administrative lawsuit regarding the environmental and health matters.
  • Represented a petroleum exploration and production company on a license issue.
  • Represented a number of companies located in the Map Ta Phut area in connection with the administrative lawsuit regarding environmental and health matters.
  • Represented a mining company in connection with its administrative lawsuit regarding environmental and health matters.
  • Represented a Thai oil and gas conglomerate in connection with its administrative lawsuit regarding corporatization and privatization.
  • Acted as legal counsel to a Thai oil and gas conglomerate in connection with the issuance of an administrative order of the state agency.
  • Acted as legal counsel to a petroleum exploration and production company in connection with its administrative lawsuit regarding the environmental and health matters.
Regulatory & Investigations 
  • Advising Thai electricity generating companies located in Rayong province in connection with the petition to object the draft zoning regulation. • Advising an animal feed manufacturer on Thai regulatory matters.
  • Advising a glass manufacturer company on Thai regulatory matters.
  • Advising a European telecommunications company on its shareholdings in a Thai mobile telecommunications company, including concession and 3G-related issues.
  • Advising a leading tobacco manufacturer on Thai regulatory matters involving tobacco products, specifically packaging, labeling and advertising restrictions and issues relating to disclosure of ingredients.
  • Advising an alcoholic beverage products importer on Thai regulatory matters involving alcoholic beverage products, specifically advertising restrictions and customs and excise tax issues.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the regulatory agency in relation to the preparation of the Request for Proposal for the 2013 IPP bid solicitation.
  • Acted as legal counsel of a state owned enterprise in connection with its study to establish an infrastructure fund.
Capital Markets
  • Representing a food-chain company in connection with its public offering of newly issued shares.
  • Represented a state owned enterprise in connection with the issuance of secured debentures under the securitization project.
  • Represented the underwriters in the public offering of newly issued shares by a Thai aviation company worth approximately THB 15,000 million.
  • Represented a Thai aviation company and selling shareholders in connection with the initial public offering (IPO) and offering of existing shares, in Thailand, as well as on the international offering under Regulation S.
Corporate/M&A 
  • Advising a European cement company on the divestment of its business in Thailand.
  • Advising a U.S. importer and manufacturer of ATMs in Thailand.
  • Advising a Thai hospital products manufacturer on Thai regulatory matters.
  • Advised a Thai investment company on its acquisition of a food-chain in Thailand.
  • Advised a Thai investment company on its acquisition of a warehousing and port operation company in Thailand.
  • Advised a foreign investment fund on its acquisition of a hotel-chain in Thailand.
  • Advised a Thai refinery company on a joint venture agreement with a Japanese company.
  • Advised an investment fund on the acquisition of a computer hardware manufacturer.
Tax: Disputes & Customs Law 
  • Advising a glass manufacturer on the BOI and customs related matter.
  • Advised a Japanese importer of vehicles and automotive parts on its use of JTEPA.
  • Advised a beverage manufacturer on an excise tax matter.
  • Represented a Thai company in arbitration proceedings relating to an excise tax and VAT dispute.
  • Representing a multinational consumer goods company in a provincial tax matter in Thailand.
Memberships / Directorships
  • Ordinary Member, Thai Bar Association, 2002
  • Lawyers Council of Thailand, 2003 – present
  • Notarial Services Attorney, 2012- present